DNA leads to arrest for 2015 assault on woman at Waterloo park

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG) - A woman told authorities a man beat her until she was unconscious while jogging in George Wyth State Park in Waterloo back in 2015. Now, authorities say DNA has led to her attacker's arrest.

Patrick, 24, Burt faces a charge of willful injury, which is a class C felony.

On July 28, 2015, Waterloo police said they responded to a report of a woman who was semi-conscious and covered in dirt and blood. She told officers a man came up behind her while she was jogging in the park, and then repeatedly hit her in the head and face until she blacked out. She suffered a broken nose, broken and chipped teeth as well as other injuries.

Authorities found DNA of a suspect during an examination, which police submitted to CODIS, or the Combined DNA Index System. It's the FBI's program that uploads forensic evidence like DNA electronically so federal, state and local authorities can link violent crimes.

On March 5th, the State Crime Lab notified Waterloo Police there was a DNA match in CODIS regarding this case.

Waterloo Police say the match belonged to Burt, who currently lives in Aurora, Colorado. They say at the time of the crime, Burt lived in Waterloo.

Authorities got an arrest warrant on March 11th for Burt, and Waterloo Investigators helped Aurora Police locate and arrest him.

Burt is being held on a $500,000 bond pending extradition to Black Hawk County.